Sundar Pichai turns 48!!

Pichai Sundararajan (born June 10, 1972), also known as Sundar Pichai.

Is an Indian-American business executive, also the chief executive officer (CEO) of Alphabet Inc. and its subsidiary Google LLC.

Some people call him as “Legend of Technical and Business Fields”.

Due to his highly skilled brain in both this fields.

Pichai began his career as a materials engineer and joined Google as a management executive in 2004.

Early life and Education:

Pichai was born in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India. His mother Lakshmi was a stenographer and his father, Regunatha Pichai was an electrical engineer at GEC, the British conglomerate.

His father also had a manufacturing plant that produced electrical components. Pichai grew up in a two-room apartment in Ashok Nagar, Chennai.

Pichai completed schooling in Jawahar Vidyalaya, a Central Board of Secondary Education school in Ashok Nagar, Chennai and completed the Class XII from Vana Vani school in the Indian Institute of Technology Madras.

He earned his degree from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur in metallurgical engineering and is a distinguished alumnus from that institution.

In addition to this only he holds an M.S. from Stanford University in material sciences and engineering.

Also an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania,where he was named a “Siebel Scholar” and a “Palmer Scholar”, respectively.

Career:

Pichai worked in engineering and product management at Applied Materials and in management consulting at McKinsey & Company.

Sundar Pichai joined Google in 2004, where he led the product management and innovation efforts for a suite of Google’s client software products,

Including “Google Chrome” and “Chrome OS”.

As well as being largely responsible for Google Drive. He also went on to oversee the development of other applications such as Gmail and Google Maps.

On November 19, 2009, Pichai gave a demonstration of Chrome OS; the Chromebook was released for trial and testing in 2011, and released to the public in 2012.

On May 20, 2010, he announced the open-sourcing of the new video codec VP8 by Google and introduced the new video format, WebM.

Pichai also added Android to the list of Google products on March 13, 2013. At that time Andy Rubin was managing the Android.

Sundar Pichai was director of Jive Software from April 2011 to July 30, 2013.

He rose to become the company’s Product Chief and the CEO on August 10, 2015. As part of the restructuring process that turned Alphabet Inc. into Google’s parent company.

Further on October 24, 2015 he stepped into the new position at the completion of the formation of Alphabet Inc., the new holding company for the Google company family.

In 2014 an offer was came to Pichai as a “CEO for Microsoft” at a position where Satya Nadella is today.

Interesting Fact related to Pichai:

In August 2017, Pichai drew publicity for firing a Google employee who wrote a ten-page manifesto criticizing.

The company’s diversity policies and arguing that, “distribution of preferences and abilities of men and women

differ in part due to biological causes and,

these differences may explain why we don’t see equal representation of women in tech and leadership”.

While noting that the manifesto raised a number of issues that are open to debate,

Pichai said in a memo to Google employees that “to suggest a group of our colleagues have traits that make them less biologically suited to that work is offensive and not OK”.

Futher in December 2017, Pichai was a speaker at the World Internet Conference in China, where he gaves the statement as,

“Google helps a lot of Chinese Companies. As a result, many small and medium-sized businesses in China takes

advantage of Google to get their products to many other countries outside of China.”

Next in December 2019, he additionally became CEO of Alphabet Inc.

Personal life:

Further, he got married to Anjali Pichai, a chemical engineer from Kota, Rajasthan.  They met as classmates at the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. The couple have two children. Pichai’s interests include football and cricket.

U.S. Congress testimony:

Further, on December 11, 2018, Pichai testified before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee on a wide range of Google-related issues such as the alleged, potential political bias on Google’s platforms, the company’s alleged plans for a “censored search app” in China, and its privacy practices.

Sundar Pichai, in response, stated that Google employees cannot influence search results. He also stated that Google users can opt out of having their data collected and that “there are no current plans for a censored search engine” in China.

Wired’s Issie Lapowsky characterized Pichai’s appearance before the committee as one “major missed opportunity,” since, as she wrote, its members “staked out opposite sides of a partisan battle,” and presented to the public “a foreboding reminder of Congress’s continued technological ignorance.”

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